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Book details
  • SubGenre:Medical (incl. Patients)
  • Language:English
  • Pages:88
  • eBook ISBN:9781667860718
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667860701

Reflections of the Bald Girl

An In-Depth Cancer Review

by Jaime LeMire and Joanne Poles-LeMire

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If I were to distill my cancer experience into a 6-word memoir, it would read: "reviewing cancer… it sucks… the end." I have added a lot of extra words to describe my journey in this book.
This memoir does its best to encapsulate the raw emotions and existential uncertainty that tormented and destabilized the author during her first year with cancer. Cancer is incredibly personal and incredibly dehumanizing, and there's no cancer rule book. There are no "good" choices to make and aspiring to the best bad choice sucks. Embracing the suck is the cancer journey and, ultimately, the unwanted and unrelenting challenge of a lifetime. LeMire wrote this book to memorialize each step of her diagnosis and treatment. She wants to remember that the things that matter revolve around how we treat each other in the worst of times. Strength is not the absence of weakness, strength is responding to weakness with grace, humility and, ultimately, gratitude. She hopes her journal helps or at least resonates with someone else who is facing hard choices among bad alternatives. She also hopes that it gives friends and family members of seriously or terminally ill patients a bird's eye view of how isolating disease can be.
About the author
Jaime is a junior at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. She is currently enrolled in an 8-year joint program with Union College, Clarkson Business School, and Albany Medical College with the intention to graduate in 2028 with a BS in biology and psychology, MBA and MD. She was born and raised in New Jersey and considers Long Beach Island her happy place. She is a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, as well as an avid skier and snowboarder. She is a lover of all animals and dotes on her two dogs Charlie and Henrie.